By spencersorensen on July 27, 2014
There is no doubt that Rory McIlroy should be considered the best golfer in the world right now--despite the World Rankings--and will probably be near the top of the game for many years to come, but the next Tiger Woods? Doubtful. Nothing compares to how Woods dominated the game for over a decade, winning 14 majors in an 11-year period, something that will likely never be replicated. Here are five reasons why McIlroy is not the next Woods.
McIlroy's game suffered when he was dating Caroline Wozniacki, and his game could suffer again when he falls in love. He shouldn't be blamed for wanting what everybody wants and actually should be admired if he can balance his golf and love life correctly. However, his first go-around indicates it could be a problem in the future. Woods did fine when he got married, but when his extramarital affairs were exposed, that was different story.
Another admirable trait of McIlroy is that he is very nice to the fans and accommodating to the media. Woods, on the other hand, has proven to be a very polarizing figure--a villain to some golf fans and a hero to others. Furthermore, he occasionally abuses the media. While this may not affect how many majors McIlroy wins, after all Jack Nicklaus acted in a cordial manner, it is a definite personality trait that differentiates the two players.
When McIlroy's game is on, he walks with a certain swagger and confidence that's definitely noticeable. However, it is nothing compared to the intimidation factor Woods seemed to have in his heyday. Woods would scare off opponents when he built a big lead and seemed to have a mental grasp on the rest of the field. There was a certain intimidation factor for players playing with Woods, while McIlroy doesn't seem to have the same effect.
Call it the "Tiger Effect" if you want, but the PGA Tour is more talented than ever before thanks in large part to golfers who admired Woods when they were younger. The talent on the PGA Tour is only going to get better with young players like Jordan Spieth coming along on an annual basis, making things that much tougher on Rory winning more than a couple more majors.
The biggest problem with McIlroy is how sporadic his game can be. When all cylinders are firing, the 25-year-old is tough to beat, but that seems to only happen once or twice a year at best. Woods was so consistent at his peak that he made 142 straight cuts (a PGA Tour record) and also made 37 consecutive cuts in major championships between 1997-2006. Conversely, McIlroy has already missed four cuts in major championships since 2010.
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